Ideas for Upham's Corner Main Street
Upham's Corner News is collecting ideas for
Corner Main Street from residents, neighborhood
organizations, other Main Street groups. . .
- Multi-cultural festival - Grove Hall Main
Street event - jazz, gospel, dance, hip-hop, R&B, spoken word and
arts. Family friendly event! blog
- Fields Corner Main Street - multimedia walking tour through Fields
Corner led by local youth, highlighting the community's past, present,
and future blog
- Outdoor Vendor Expo - Browse, shop, meet
the new CEOs in your community! Buy jewelry &
accessories, books, specialty items, clothes, handbags, candles,
crafts, soaps, food and much more. blog
- Dining on Main Street - Four Corners Main Street -
five restaurants visited in two hours. Free samples of food and meet
the business owners.UCN
- Jay Trivedi Honored
- While serving as Director Upham's Elder Service Plan, Boston
University honored Mr. Trivedi for his contributions to the
advancement of health and rehabilitation sciences. blog
- New Combat Zone Progress
- Rep. Henriquez said: "Together, we have identified problem
properties, brought together residents and businesses, and shaped
policing strategies." June 15, 2011 blog
- Jerry Lamour, professional photographer for the community, passionate, capturing life and life’s events, the special moments. blog
- Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK), a global community of innovation, building practical open technology, to solve development problems. blog
an employee-driven initiative organized almost entirely by volunteers,
served in 400 projects across the US including in Boston with Cradles
324 Meeting 6/12/11 - Prostitution, idling school buses,
meet & greet neighbors, community beautification and more. blog
Read Your Way to Fenway
June 15, 2011
What a FUN event - lots of kids, Wally, the Green Monster, excitement, nutritious food. So what was the occasion?
Every year the Boston Public Library sponsors the Summer Reading Program which includes many events and activities.
One of the first and most traditional events is Read Your Way to Fenway, this year at the Grove Hall Branch.
City School - A Philosophy of Counterculture
3rd in a Series
A simple question, inquisitive minds, a willingness to
uncharted areas of social concern - these were the ingredients that
gave life to The City School.
City School practices "a
What do they mean by that? They are
adamant about making sure their students experience their environment
as "a place of love, respect and support."
NAACP Opposes "Natalie's Bill"
The NAACP recognizes the need for increased seat belt use in the
Commonwealth and supports all awareness campaigns to encourage
safe-driving behavior. However, the Boston Branch is deeply concerned
with the primary Seat Belt Law being lobbied before Beacon Hill.
"It is a major concern that elevating the seat belt law to primary
eriforcement status could very likely exacerbate an already serious and
unchecked problem of racial profiling in Massachusetts," says
Stephanie Soriano-Mills, Boston Branch NAACP's Legal Redress Director.
Read More blog
Upham's Corner InSight
into the News
Disingenuous Politics - Closing the Mason Pool
For the attendees at the meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2011,
the answer was a resounding "NO!" Parents of children who attend
Mason School and residents who actively use the pool are
perplexed by a City of Boston decision.
According to Rep. Nick Collins the Boston Center for Youth &
Families (they run the pool) rejected state funding
keep neighborhood centers open sayng they didn't need it. Two
weeks later the story changed: They
would have to close neighborhood centers for lack of funding.
Corner Divided - a Community Weakened
the prior issue we published an article entitled: "Join with us in
on comments to the Editor by Kit Binns, we have re-issued the article
as "An Upham's Corner Divided and a Community Weakened" and have included maps.
Divisions tend to create turf wars and neglect. If the (competing) groups do not cooperate to
resolve issues, one side or the other will lose. Worse - community issues will
be left in abeyance.
- BPD boundaries for Areas B-2 and C-11
- City councilor boundaries:
District 7 (Councilor Jackson) and District 3 (Councilor Feeney).
Walk through North Dorchester (Upham's Corner)
group led by Rep. Carlos Henriquez and MBTA General Manager
Richard Davey walked through a section of North Dorchester.
Their goals? Discuss transit related issues raised by
engage in a visioning process.
Given the redevelopment work taking place on the
Fairmont corridor as well as on Quincy Street,
what transit changes would be appropriate to support the
SNI Neighborhood Walk - Excellent Turnout
June 21, 2011 6:30pm
Over 30 people participated in the Upham's Corner SNI neighborhood walk including police officers, ISD, elected officials and
The group - as large as it was - attracted attention.
Residents on their porches, in the yardd and walking around wanted to know
what was going on. Many were surprised and took the opportunity to
contribute to the growing list of issues. Some even joined the walk.
Read More (Photos courtesy Fernando Bossa)
SNI Meets to Make "Walk" Progress
June 28, 2011
Feeney focused most of the meeting on the June 21st neighborhood walk.
Latifa Ziyad, Community Liaison for Constituent Services of ISD,
distributed a two page report of issues identified. Some properties
have been referred to the housing division. Many properties will
be ticketed by code enforcement. Empty lots will be referred to
the "Clean It and Lien It" group.
Read More ( Online access to list of issues)
Street Urban Safari - a Great Success
Despite the rain,the Upham's Corner Main Street Urban Safari was well attended and a
The band was excellent, the food delicious and the mood uplifting and
nostalgic as the group bid farewell to its executive director for the
and a half years, Zachary Cohen.
Dining on Main Street - Four Corners
June 18, 2011
Dynell Andrews-Blake, Executive Director of Four Corners Main Street,
led a group of more than 15 hungry residents on a tasting tour of
restaurants she came to know well in her first six months on the job.
What an incredible collection of eateries - Southern, Jamaican, seafood and more.
The owners were so hospitable, you can't help but want to return again and again.
Society of Boston Cultural Center - Energy Star Label
The EPA is recognizing four congregations in New England for receiving
Energy Star labels in 2011. The Islamic Society's Cultural Center
near Roxbury Community College is one of these. An Energy Star label
indicates that a
building operates at least 75 percent more efficiently than the average
for that building category.